Taprobana 4×4 Challenge 2012 known internationally as RFC Sri Lanka is expected to be flagged off on October 19 with a ceremonial start at Independence Square in Colombo.
Taprobana 4×4 Challenge convoy will roll out for the 9th consecutive year from Independence Square and proceed to Embilipitiya. The event is organized by the Four Wheel Drive Club along with the Army Engineering Corps, under the sanctions of the International Rain Forest Challenge format. The Ceylon Motor Sports Club will officiate at the event, with their state-of-the-art timing equipment and shall observe the international motor sport safety standards.
The Prologue on October 20th will be held at Sappers, in front of the capacity 10,000 spectators. The Sappers 4×4 trail is the only dual 4×4 military style track with looping obstacles that simulates off-road scenarios. It also has a 360 degree view from which any part of the track can be seen from a safe distance. The circuit was designed by the Four Wheel Drive Club of Sri Lanka with the prowess of the Sri Lanka Army Engineering Corps.
After the military style Prologue track, the competitors are off to the jungle on the 21st upto the 24th where they will have to survive without backup assistance. Yala will be the temporary residence for the participants for the three nights. They will have to navigate the Kumbukkan River avoiding the elephant corridors before exiting via the Kumana bird sanctuary on the 24th.
The final stage on the 25th will be worked off in the morning. Waiting is a 300km journey from east coast of Sri Lanka to the west coast for the awards ceremony in Colombo. The 4×4 winds down at the Colombo Motor Show. The convoys will be on display until the 28th.
Jeep department of DIMO will be a sponsor of this year’s event, and have been a part of the Taprobana 4×4 Challenge for the last few years. This year a Jeep Grand Cherokee will be used as the course car at the Prologue which will happen on the 20th October at Embilipitiya.